Wild: Distiller Offers Pardoned White House Turkeys a Job

Nov 23, 2011 10:27am

After turkeys “Liberty” and “Peace” are pardoned today at the White House, they are immediately destined for retirement at the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. But at least one American employer wants to put them to work.

Read more about the annual White House turkey pardon.

The producers of Wild Turkey Bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Ky., say they’ve reached out to the White House asking permission to make the twins their official “spokesbirds.”

Master distiller Jimmy C. Russell told ABC News he thinks the birds will be a top attraction at the company’s new 134,000 square foot distillery and visitor center.

“We have lots of wild turkeys around here, but you never see them,” he said. “We’d love to offer a home for these birds and put them on display.”

Russell says the pardoned turkeys would have plenty of room to “spread their feathers out and live out their days in peace, with no threat of future Thanksgiving-related job cuts.”

“In a manner of direct speaking, we invite the President to give us the bird,” he said in a statement.

Wherever the pair goes next, history suggests they may not have long to live.

The National Turkey Federation says last year’s pardoned birds – Apple and Cider – passed away within a year of being spared.  The reason?  They are bred to be overweight, and often suffer from heart disease.

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